How to book a hike or mule ride

How to book a hike or mule ride

How to book a hike or mule ride

How to book a hike or mule ride

Visitors to the Grand Canyon will have a new opportunity to book stays at Phantom Ranch, the rustic lodge at the bottom of the canyon that is so difficult to enter you have to enter a lottery to stand a chance.

Xanterra Travel Collection, the concessionaire of Phantom Ranch, announced this week that it will reopen reservations for cabin stays at the ranch from May through next January, as well as mule rides to the bottom of the canyon from here. next January.

Reservations for Phantom Ranch have been halted since January 2022 in anticipation of several National Park Service infrastructure projects. But delays on those plans have allowed officials to reopen reservations for cabins and mule rides. The dormitories of hikers – small stacked houses that can accommodate 10 people each – are not available this year.

Phantom Ranch - Inner Canyon at Grand Canyon

How to Get Reservations at Phantom Ranch in 2023

Reservations for the hikers cabins at Phantom Ranch can be made from May 2023 to January 2024.

A limited number of night mule rides are available on certain dates in January, and others are available from February to January 2024.

Xanterra will begin accepting reservations for Phantom Ranch cabins and mule rides on Tuesday, January 17. Reservations can be made online beginning at 12:01 a.m. MST at https://secure.phantomranchlottery.com, or by phone with a reservation agent beginning at 7:00 a.m.

It also plans to open reservations for cabins and mule rides in February 2024, from February 1, and in March 2024 from March 1.

High demand is expected, so please be patient when booking

Phantom Ranch - Inner Canyon at Grand Canyon

Is it typical to book Phantom Ranch with little notice?

No. Phantom Ranch is such a requested experience that Xanterra normally requires 14 months notice.

And since there is so little space available, people have to enter a lottery to have a chance of booking. The lotteries run for 25 days each month; winners are selected and notified the following month that they can book their reservations.

The lottery schedule will resume in February for cabin stays and mule rides in April 2024

Phantom Ranch - Inner Canyon at Grand Canyon

Why were Phantom Ranch reservations closed in 2022?

Xanterra suspended reservations in January 2022 for mule rides from January 2023 and hiker’s cabins from May 1, 2023. It expected the park service to begin work on major infrastructure projects such than the Transcanyon Waterline project, which would affect its ability to provide services. at Ghost Ranch.

This month, Xanterra reopened a limited number of reservations based on the latest updates from park services, which said the projects were “delayed and currently in the contracting phase”.

For complete information on Phantom Ranch, visit https://www.grandcanyonlodges.com/lodging/phantom-ranch

Contact the reporter at Michael.Salerno@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @salerno_phx

Phantom Ranch - Inner Canyon at Grand Canyon

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